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Monday, October 20, 2008

Quilts to Finish




Well, I am sure most quilters have some quilt squares that need to be assembled, some quilt tops that need borders, and some that need to be quilted. These are three just such items. My daughter, Tracy made the squares and she sent them to me for assembly and borders. These have been around for while. As a matter of fact, since doing these Tracy has moved on to focusing on minitures, and doll quilts. Since she sent these to me, she has even acquired a long arm machine. Now I have to get these ready for quilting by one week before Thanksgiving. That's when I'll be leaving for a drive from Ohio to California. I have convinced myself that I like to work under pressure.....Tracy is in Southern California and I'm in Ohio. We like to "team up" and make quilts whenever possible, and rely on the mails to send pieces back and forth. Tracy most enjoys picking out the patterns, and the fabrics, and making squares. She has convinced me that I most enjoy assembling the tops and adding borders and binding. At Thanksgiving, she has to teach me how to "drive" her long arm machine. I am looking forward to this..

8 comments:

John said...

Sounds like you'll have a great time. If you need some extra practice on the longarm machine (and if Tracy manages to convince you that yes, you really do enjoy it), then I've got a couple of quilt tops that need some lovin'! I love to put the tops together, then I get stuck when it's time to assemble. A lot of it is lack of sufficient space to work.

Tom H said...

John, I know exactly what you mean. We have a two story 4 bedroom house; for just the wife and me. You think I can find a large flat open area! I had to go out and purchase one of those folding 6 foot tables to use. I used to use a bed to lay out the squares. But after filling up all the beds and having to take the squares off to sleep..well, you get the picture. Thanks for the comment.

Tracy said...

Oh drats! You're onto me! LOL

Holee said...

Aren't you the lucky one! Getting out of the cold and snow and going to sunny Calif. and working on a longarm! Wow, now that is the perfect holiday, besides getting to hug your daughter!

I have 3 snowman and 3 Christmas quilts from last year to quilt..ugh and I won't be doing it in a nice warm place! Have a great trip even though it won't be on route 66 anymore!

dmenberg said...

Tom, i hope it's not too late, but i noticed one of your log cabin blocks is turned...maybe you want it that way. Just thought I would mention it since i like it when folks tell me when I'm out of whack! Denise

Tom H said...

Denise, I looked at that lap quilt top and said to myself, "self, somethings goofy looking bout this". Thanks for seein something I didn't. What I have to do noew is what grandmaw called "reverse sewing". Thanks again.

Susan said...

I wouldn't have unsewn it. I would have left it. It adds a unique feeling to the top.

Learning to use a longarm is so easy. I never bothered with pantographs, though my husband did. The freehanding is the most fun, I think. Just remember there's no need to race over the top. Turn the speed down!

Tom H said...

Thanks for the comments Susan, and for the long arm advice. I am looking forward to trying my hand at it.